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DEK: A letter from Provincetown


“L’Affaire Sal’s Place: Money and Meanness in the New Ptown."


By Peter Manso


The first thing you notice when you walk into the resurrected Sal’s Place, in the heart of Provincetown’s West End, is the hustle and bustle of a hot restaurant: the place is packed, the noise level is high, and the servers scoot nonstop to and from the close-set tables. There’s a museum-quality Hawthorne and other class art on the walls, but the place still has a fish shack feel, with exposed rafters and the rhythmic slop of the bay against the pilings on which the waterfront building partially sits. And the food—the Brodetto or Zuppa di Pesce that one Facebook blogger raves about as “so wonderful that Marcella [Hazen] herself would flip,”—well, let me tell you, the Zuppa is so sweet, so transporting in its plummy, tomato-y tannic richness as to have made Sal’s the vacation spot’s dining destination of choice near overnight.

All this was pretty much the word around town last summer when the fifty-four year old Sal’s Place reopened under new management. But the food wasn’t the only things people were talking about. There were also whispers that the owner—a single, self-described blue-collar woman who’d originally arrived in Boston from Tipperary at age 17—was at war with her neighbors—four wealthy men, all gay, who had recently bought the abutting properties for summer party pads, and wanted the place dead and shuttered. In fact, depending on who you knew, you might have heard about bouts of property destruction, interminable delays for the restaurant’s opening, and armies of lawyers getting rich on both sides.


As the not-so-secret knock-down-drag-out tumbled into public view, eating there became an almost political act. Now, after simmering all winter, locals in P-Town are waiting for the hostilities to start afresh.


One resident called the quarrel the “worst case of bullying” he’d come across in his 50 years in town. But you could just as well call the fight over Sal’s place a sort of battle for Provincetown’s soul in miniature—a David and Goliath story about whether the artists, fishermen, and non-mainstream types of all persuasions were still welcome in the new Ptown. Or is this haven at the end of the Cape destined to become an exclusive enclave for the rich gay elite?



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

350 Bradford Street

To the person who wrote:  "The real problem is with those that have been doing this business right in front of everyone for years and years, the engineers, architects and surveyors."

Good swing.
You hit the nail smack dab in the middle of the head.
People do know this though or can they be that dumb.  They just don't care, especially if they work for you and can get you what you want.  We know they can do no wrong, especially if you try to oppose them which we did and lost miserably.  Actually had the nerve to second guess an engineer's plan.  We are fools and they are gods. 
10:04 am edt 

350 Bradford Street

David Panagore

So now your going to break up each building, to ensure it's correct.  because you have no complete engineered site plans.  That is a problem.
Huge Problem.  I hope you can see clearly through this making up plans as you go to no way to build, develop a community.  You wonder why no one trust anything you town hall folks say, You spend far to much time covering you asses.

Oh By The Way I live here part time !
10:02 am edt 

350 Bradford designers

Outside of the owner, does anyone know the names of the engineers or surveyors or designers of the project at 350 Bradford? It would be interesting to know who made the errors.
10:00 am edt 

350 Bradford Street

Now that the developer has been caught building higher than allowed and what he previously stated it would be, he is trying to rewrite zoning and planning! He is claiming "natural grade"  should be the grade before HoJos was built. Before it was ever touched by man! Provincetown has been flattening hilltops and filling low spots ever since it was settled! If the town lets (or helps) him get away with this can you imagine how it would wreak havoc with zoning and planning? People could propose or oppose development based on the topography in the 17th century! Natural grade should be what the grade was when the bylaw was passed!
9:59 am edt 

Re: Get a Publicist if You Feel Your Art is Not Getting Attention

Had you read this thread, you'd know that the original post was about a cabaret performer, not an artist. And what makes you think the original poster is a competing performer? I didn't get that impression at all (of course I bothered to go back and read the entire thread.) Sounds to me like someone just calling it like they see it.
9:58 am edt 

Re: Ah Oh-- really??'/ - 350 Bradford Street

Chris Wise Knew Exactly what was going on. Now blaming architect etc. This is a wise man( no pun intentended).  Also- how the hell did this project not go before ZONING???. This is outrageous. I for one am sick of the rhetoric giving him a clear pass. A small time delveloper in town would be "nailed" for this. Not Chris Wise-He will slither out of this one- just like Victor DePoalo alsways does.It is all "who you know" folks.
9:56 am edt 

350 Bradford Street

One question: how did 350 Bradford with seven buildings by-pass Zoning?

Herein lies the problem and the answer reveals the corruption.
9:55 am edt 

Chris Wise is the Problem

He destroyed the dunes, then destroyed the grade. Now without engineering plans and without exact architectural plans, he was allowed, through Planning, to do what he wanted. He is the culprit, the maximizer of profits for this once property that had but one restaurant. It is a developer's dream that is causing a town's nnightmare.

Chris Wise is the front person for the town's father and son developing team. Here they go again. they should be ashamed.

How much destruction does it take for abutters and neighbors to wake up? Obviously, this catastrophe. Christ Wise was forced to finally come up with real numbers where before he could excavate, up root each tree, tear down a living dune, and change the entire grade.

Whose to blame? I'd say look to Planning and then to Zoning that refused to rule on this property and to the woman who has been controlling the puppets on Planning. around her curled fingers lies the master puppet master's strings.

What would you find if you looked inside that orange handbag? What, indeed!
9:54 am edt 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Re: Why Don't You Write the Banner?

Yeah ,i'm sure the Banner Editor takes heed from anonymous posts of useless information and claims of favoritism on an inactive blog.

Just like town manager takes notice of the posts, really, you can't make this sh.. up. Get a publicist if you feel your art is not getting attention

11:14 am edt 

Re: Ah Oh-- really??'/ - 350 Bradford Street

No, you're not focusing on the correct wrongdoers here. Don't blame the previous owners or the owners before that regarding projects in the town. Unless people put property restrictions on the sale, new owners can do what they want with the property within the bounds of the towns bylaws.

The real problem is with those that have been doing this business right in front of everyone for years and years, the engineers, architects and surveyors. These various "professionals" have been involved with all of the various projects in the town and the boards accept what they put on paper as gospel. Maybe you had your house designed by and engineer and architect. Do you know the height of your home? Do you know the elevation grades of the property prior to construction? Do you know the heights after construction within 6" of elevation? Probably not. That's where Wise is right now. He went to the designers and asked what could be done with the property. They told him what they could do and sold it to him. They surveyed the property, designed the plan and presented the plans to the boards, all volunteers with no backgrounds in engineering or design. They TRUST these people in what they present to them as Wise did. Do the engineers make mistakes? YES. Do the engineers, arch!
itects and surveyors lie to cover their tracks, as if nobody will know and nobody will question them? YES. Have they done this in the past? YES. Wise found out from someone during the project that his numbers were off, actually the engineers numbers were off and alerted the town. Had the town hired and outside engineer or surveyor to review a highly contentious project like this prior to issuing the permits, this wouldn't have happened. I've seen this happen time and time again over the years where the builders and owners get the shaft while the engineers and architects get away with it. It's time to stop trusting the numbers and realize that these amazing projects magically fit in where it seems the never could. Someone is fudging the numbers to make it fit. 
11:12 am edt 


Now that the BOS has decided to leave Marcene alone I am hoping that Historic will take a look at some of the store fronts on Commercial Street, especially between Standish and Ryder. To issue a permit to a store that allows for a major entrance change, then have the store slap some plywood on it to finish the work is sad. A sex toy shop that replaces a glass door with a plywood door, burned out buildings on Lopes Square. What the hell is going on downtown?
11:10 am edt 

Re: Why Don't You Write the Banner?

"Do you really think it would do any good to write to the Banner to complain about it's editor giving an inordinate amount of coverage to one artist?"

Guess it's easier to just keep writing articles about your friends than to go out and do some actual reporting.
11:08 am edt 


As I recall, it was Barbsra Rishmore who submitted the article at Town Meeting on curbing chains company no to Provincetown.
11:07 am edt 

Ah Oh-- really??'/ - 350 Bradford Street

You think that Chris wise is the one who presented the right numbers for the elevations?? Wow!! what are you thinking? Chris Wise is the problem behind all these new constructions. Of course he knew what the real elevations and heights were. In what alternate reality are you living in? This is pure bull and if you want to believe this problematic group, including Paul De ruyter and his son Ben, well, alternate realities must play a force.

This is disgusting and look for the players: there they are" Ben, Paul, Bruce and Chris.

Who is playing whom?

Add in Gloria McPherson and there you have it:  perfect cabal.
1:46 am edt 

Re: Why Don't You Write the Banner?

"Why post here on a mostly inactive blog?"
Do you really think it would do any good to write to the Banner to complain about it's editor giving an inordinate amount of coverage to one artist? I doubt it. It would just be ignored. But pointing out this obvious favoritism in a public forum, letting the editor know that people have noticed and are talking about it, that's a bit harder to ignore
1:44 am edt 

350 Bradford Street Never Had Actual and Exact Drawings

Ask the Planning board that accepted conceptual drawings that no other board would ever accept to replace a window and a door. they never presented architectural plans and yet Planning wrote a decision based on illusion and computer-designed plans that had no exact numbers. No real height. No real elevations. and also ask why Zoning never reviewed this property and why Zoning was lapsed in its evaluation of 350 Bradford.

Dunes were destroyed. landscaped what destroyed. Grade was altered without permission. Is there any surprise the elevations are wrong? Everything about how this property was handled was and remains wrong and questionable.
1:41 am edt 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

350 Bradford Street

"Bottom line the elevations for Building 9/10 are not accurate. Therefore work has been ordered stopped, and Chris Wise has been directed to come back in with new plans for review"

Nice try at accurate and transparent. WISE was the one that informed the town of the wrong numbers and now the town has to figure out what to do. Wise is clear on this one if the architects screwed up or the engineers screwed up on this one. Stop making out like the town did it's due diligence and found the answers themselves which then led to the stop work order.

Hopefully the town will look at these engineers and architects with A LOT MORE scrutiny next time they come in with a plan that "oh just by chance fit right into the lot and gee, look what we can build". It's called fabricating and bluffing the numbers when you ask the PC police. The reality, it's called bold faced lying to get the max return on the investment. If the town can hire an independent engineer after the fact, why didn't they hire one originally to do some work to check the plans as presented?
Wake up, these "professionals" are lying to you, whether they are from town or not.
12:55 pm edt 

By-Laws Mean That Property Owners Must Follow Rules and Restrictions

Zoning by-laws and Historic district by-laws mean that there are rules and regulations affecting personal and commercial property. that is a collective reality and when a town has a formula business by-law, it means that you cannot rent to anyone but must follow the zoning by-law. Just as you can't anything you want with your car--but must follow rules, the same holds true for property. Ownership does not allow anything someone wants to do. There is a collective good that comes from these rules.
9:46 am edt 


"that would transform this town from a unique and quaint and historic place to one homogenized and standardized and made rather uninteresting and boring."

The day the first condominium got approved in this town is the day it went from quaint and historic to cookie cutter boring and cheap.  How do pre-fab condominium complexes rate higher than a chain store on the "unique and quaint and historic" meter?

9:44 am edt 

A Critical Observsation

Banner articles about one certain local cabaret performer, one who seems rather friendly with the editor?

why don't you write the Banner? why post here on a mostly inactive blog?
9:42 am edt 

350 Bradford Street
David Panagore   
350 Bradford Update: Attached to this post Annie Howard’s letter to Chris Wise regarding 350 Bradford St. elevatiosn for Building 9/10 (left hand building under construction on the site) .

Bottom line the elevations for Building 9/10 are not accurate. Therefore work has been ordered stopped, and Chris Wise has been directed to come back in with new plans for review. He will need the Buildign Officals approval for any remedial actionhe needs to take and he may or may not be required to go back before the Planning Board. We will not know what exact approvals he will need until he presents the new plans for Building 9/10. While Building 11/12 and Building 13 do not appear to have this elevation issue, as a precaution we are having an independent survey selected by and reporting to Annie Howard undertaken at Mr. Wise’s expense. I will continue to update folks this procedes.


9:27 am edt 

Simply Outrageous!

Every time I look at the cover of the Banner with both articles on the Riley family, I just get so angry at our town. Regardless of one's views on chain stores,, I find it simply outrageous that the town can tell an owner of a property who they can rent to and that we want to take your property by eminent domain. This is just not right, no matter what you believe. At this point I hope the Riley's sue this town for everything they can. I support them.

Think about it. Would you want this done to you. I worked hard and for many years to own my property and abide by all the regulations that we must comply with. That's enough. I'm as liberal as they come, I now understand how Trump got elected. People are really tired of all this government intrusion and political correctness. People are tired of listening to one individual, who has done some nice things for this town, who can decide the will of the residents by pressuring her friends to sign a petition that only 200 people are needed to vote on an article. A travesty to our democracy.
A sad moment for our town. A sad moment for our country.  
7:42 am edt 

Becareful What You Wish For

Many people on this blog, including the blog master himself helped put Donegan and Yingling into office.   Be careful what you wish for.

Austin, David and Elaine are looking prettty principled now huh?  They each had more integrity than this group combined.
7:38 am edt 

Re: Charlatan Psychics

Name of my next play: The Charlatan Psychics. Thank you.
7:35 am edt 

Tragic Disappointment in Town Leaders

Very telling that selectmen jump at a stupid complaint  by Rafanelli. How many of our valid complaints have been acted on so robustly? Another sign of tragic disappointment in town leaders. You just know complaints about the height violation at 350 Bradford will be addressed by adjusting the mean base line rather than the height.
7:34 am edt 

Re: Precedent With CVS

Devil's Advocate here.  The by-law enacted in 2010. How did Kiehls and 7-11 get in?  Just curious.
7:32 am edt 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Barbra Rushmore

Barbra Rushmore should put her millions where here mouth is, an donate her vast holdings to the town.
10:15 pm edt 

Charlatan Psychics

Why are charlatan psychics being allowed to block the sidewalk, next to shop therapy, and harass Tourists  as they walk by, or try to, because they are being blocked, and threatened by intimidating curses if they don't pay.
10:13 pm edt 

Precedent With CVS

The formula business By-law Only Prohibits New Chains from Coming to Provincetown

The chains that are here are here. It did not repeal the right of national chains who were here to be here. It was a visionary attempt to protect Provincetown from the influx of "formula businesses"--national chains--that would transform this town from a unique and quaint and historic place to one homogenized and standardized and made rather uninteresting and boring.

This by-law was passed in 2010---and its relevance is so clear in 2017. We need to preserve the type of businesses that attract tourist and that are unique and fascinating and defining of our seaside town. It's a far-thinking by-law and I applaud the fact that we, as a town, voted for this by-law and for the restrictions that go with it.
10:10 pm edt 

Gloria McPherson Community Space

Your ignorance is showing. Arrogance on display no better than ignorance
8:52 pm edt 

Tom Donegan

Does Donegan ever have an actual opinion.

For eminent domain before he was against it.

For removing Marcene before he was against it.

Guy doesn't seem all that principled, does he?
8:49 pm edt 

Zoning Board Will Win

The formula business by-law that Provincetown enacted is strong and powerful. We will win in court. the Wellfleet by-law was weak and flawed and the attorney general told them to revise it. But they did not.

Jamie Veara won because it was a poorly written by-law and Wellfleet was uninformed when they wrote their decision. they should have used all the help they should have garnered to write a better decision. they wee sloppy.

We can win but let's hope that Bob Littlefield knows what he does not know and uses all the resources to write a solid decision.
8:48 pm edt 


I vote to have Barbara Rushmore use her waterfront property as housing...

8:44 pm edt 

HDC - Marcene Marcoux

It's good that Marcene Marcoux was "exonerated! She did nothing more than a professional job while giving her time to the Historic District Commission for many years,quite unlike her predecessor that was unfairly selective at times ,(unless they were his art patrons)!
8:43 pm edt 

Precedent With CVS

Simple question - If we have Kiehl's, Stop and Shop, Cumberland Farms, Tedeschi's/711 already and they have been allowed - not to mention a former Subway -

How is CVS going to be stopped in court
8:42 pm edt 

Weekly Banner Articles

Is anybody else getting a little tired of the weekly Banner articles about one certain local cabaret performer, one who seems rather friendly with the editor? I mean, enough is enough. Maybe try covering some of the other local performers? (There are quite a few.)
8:41 pm edt 


Mike Riely's comment about town staff holding multiply meetings with article proponent and one with his family, interesting and telling.
8:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


The Zoning Board of appeals  will lose in court with CVS. After Kiehl's was allowed to open all bets are off. The 3 members that voted against did the town a disservice by simply stating that they did not feel a CVS belonged in this town. There of many of us in this town that want a CVS but do not want to deal with the crazy people that are against CVS.
7:49 pm edt 

Say Goodnight Yingling and Donegan Turn Out the Lights

What a sick cast of characters, for one who does not have two wooden nickels to rub together
Yingling is always willing to spend the other persons money and in the case of the Riley's,
he is not above taking property. Would he have made the same proposal if it was a family member's
Ask yourself how does he afford the luxury of living in a duplex waterfront dwelling?
He has cost the town so much and given his participation in the Jaran affair, has cost the town too much.
Time for this dynesty to call it a day! 
7:47 pm edt 

Sad Observation

Well, being a property owner, or homeowner doesn't necessarily make one a part of the Community, or one working for it's benefit.

We have seen too many R.E. Agents help their clients do ruinous projects, then leave town and "retire" after making their bounty!

Sad commentary, not only here!
7:25 pm edt 

The Absolute Weakest BOS Ever! 
No recommendation on the Riley purchase is the biggest example of incompetence I've seen.  You didn't even have the guts to say recommend or not recommend.  You are not leaders, you're a joke.

Leaders lead, they don't cower, afraid to make a decision.  Louise, you had some promise, but are you also incapable of making a decision.  Looks like Abstain Andrews is wearing off on you.
7:23 pm edt 


Now that this has hopefully been put to bed, what is next up Comrade R's sleeve?   When will she stop harming this town?
7:21 pm edt 

The Big Steal

Faced with an unruly crowd the TM, Selectmen and especially the Chair  made themselves look like cowardly thieves at special town meeting. The article only receives 5 votes to try to " steal " Riley's property and stop the building of the CVS. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN NOW TRY LISTENING FOR ONCE!!!
7:20 pm edt 

Outer Cape Heath Sevices

Point of fact, Outer Cape Heath Sevices got along just fine before it had a pharmacy. Stop spreading misinformation to get your way. Think about other people especially senior citizens that will benefit from the CVS. What happened did you get bored of protesting Trump and everything republican? Get a hobby already would ya!!! CVS= Making America great again LMAO
7:18 pm edt 

Leave the Riley Family Alone

Why doesn't Barbara Rushmore rent her water front house in the east end for affordable housing.
She is so good at telling other people what they should do with their property.
She has not contributed anything for the cause.
She has rented her house weekly for many many years and has made her money and nobody is bothering her.
Will she please leave the Riley family alone.
7:17 pm edt 

CVS was Defeated--Yes, Defeated

The vote was 3-2 and it is defeated. the people spoke and they understand that with our formula business by-law we are empowered to stop further national chains from coming into Provincetown. those already here are grandfathered. this is about the new and the forthcoming. and the people spoke at zoning and they were eloquent; they were passionate; they were fighting for our town.

We already have pharmacies handling our needs. We do not need nor want CVs to be here. and if they were allowed--it opens the door to any and all chains: McDonald's, Dunkin' donuts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Walmart, Wendy's, TJ Max and the list goes on and on. They would destroy our uniqueness. they would undermine why people come here to visit and why we live here.

CVS was defeated and in their defeat lies our victory.
7:15 pm edt 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stop CVS

From Wayne Martin Scores of people at numerous town meetings said we desperately needed more housing for year round living so we can have more year round businesses so this place won't just be a a four month tourist trap. But then you have simpletons trying to stop wholesome businesses like CVS from setting up shop here which will in turn discourage anybody else from coming here and dealing with this BS. So I ask, who are the mental midgets that came up with this brilliant formula to make our town more prosperous? Like might [my] dad used to say when confronted with shear ignorance " use your heads for something else other than a hat rack " actions have consequences people!!!
11:02 am edt 

Stop CVS

If you want to help stop CVS, theres an online petition here:

Nantucket residents got CVS to drop their proposed store after getting over 4,000 online signatures from people saying they wouldnt shop there. This one has 400 so far...

Why is CVS bad for Provincetown?

·  The presence of chain stores in Provincetown destroys the visual, cultural, end economic engine of this town: Its unique character.


·  A CVS pharmacy would decimate Outer Cape Health Services' budget. Outer Cape Health Services CEO Patricia Nadle, as quoted in the Banner on June 2, said that she is worried CVS will have an impact on the health center's pharmacy, which generates nearly 50 percent of the Provincetown center's revenue and supports other local services that operate at a loss.


·  Provincetown passed a Formula Business Bylaw at the 2010 Annual Town Meeting, which was designed to regulate the proliferation of chain stores in town.


9:59 am edt 

CVS Defeated by Zoning Board of Appeals
So instead of offering a modern convenience to our aging population and I'm sure what would be a beautiful building , let's keep the t shirt shops ! Way to go for upgrading the town ! So much outrage over CVS - where is the outrage by the Town to the building owners in the center of town on Commercial that collect well over 100k and rents and keep their buildings looking like run down shacks. The center of town looks like a Carnival village. The thinking in this town is mind blowing !!
9:46 am edt 

Ah, Oh: Paul de Ruyter is Asking for Advice

You are too much Mr. WebMaster. You just post his post to you.

You are just too up front and here I a am.

Thank you for your openness. How rare this is.
9:44 am edt 

Marcene Marcoux Vindication
Congratulations Marcene!! The truth usually prevails and this is a classic example. Two members of the B.O.S. got a bug up their a-- to try to remove you for nothing more than personal and vindictive reasons. They now look like the ones who need to be investigated in my opinion. Again, Congrats Marcene!
9:41 am edt 

Re: CVS Defeated by Zoning Board of Appeals

It's unbelievable how dumb some people can be in their blind ambitions. No chains? What do you call 7-11? Cumberland Farms? Stop & Shop? Gulf? Ace Hardware? True Value? What harm will a CVS do to the town? The proponents rendering of the upgraded building is a huge plus to that blighted area. Parking would remain, the building shape would remain the same and the only thing that would change would be the business in the building. For those that travel, you know that if you lose you prescription and it's normally filled by CVS, it can be filled at ANY CVS across the country, a very good thing to know if you're a traveler from afar now coming to Provincetown. Try to have your prescription transferred to be filled at Stop & Shop or Adam's Pharmacy. Good luck.
As far as the business bylaw, the towns bylaw will be defeated in court as Veara did in Wellfleet against their bylaw in regards to the Cumberlands on 6. In the end, the CVS will be built and the bylaw will be found to be inadequate thus opening the doors to all kinds of new businesses, some of them chains.
Time to start thinking, planning board.
9:40 am edt 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Paul deRuyter to MYPACC Webmaster

I'm hoping you can help me. I'm told there's been inflammatory posts on mypacc stating that a former resident "father and son"...meaning me and my son are behind the development at 350 Bradford Street. This is simply not true. Neither of us have ever had any involvement in this project and further...I am, in fact, a resident of Provincetown. I'd be grateful if you could help correct the record.
1:16 pm edt 

350 Bradford

The Father Lived in town and sold his property about Two  and a half years ago

and both father and son own many commercial pieces of property and have benefited financially from the town for many years.

that they moved to Brewster does not stop their disrespect for the developments they are involved in within Provincetown. they should be ashamed! Profits over historic character and uniqueness of our town--sold off for twelve pieces of gold!

11:38 am edt 

Vice Chair HDC Dr. Marcene Marcoux Vindicated

AWESOME !!  Marcene is the best !!  Professional and really committed to upholding the tenants of the HDC.

Great news !!!
9:29 am edt 

CVS Defeated by Zoning Board of Appeals

Bravo! In a vote of 3-2, the zoning board upheld the formula business By-Law and defeated this large pharmacy chain from Provincetown. It is a victory for maintaining small town and historic character of Provincetown.

With Illana Quirk providing legal advice, the zoning board acted with knowledge and made the choice that will save our town from other chains like McDonald's, K-Mart, Wendy's, and Home Depot.

This was the golden dangerous Trojan horse. We stopped them at the gates.

Thanks to the many people who attended and spoke so eloquently and passionately about keeping Provincetown's character and quirkiness and uniqueness. You are the heroes we need when legal battles threaten to take away our voices.
9:28 am edt 


If you see the following Zoning Board members, thank them for voting down CVS; Marianne Clements, Jeff Gould and Robert Littlefield!
9:26 am edt 

Outer Cape Health Services

The pharmacy is relatively new to OCHS? please legit info request? how did OCHS survive before the pharmacy service?
9:24 am edt 

Hope for the Selectmen Yet??!!

Wow, the vote to not continue the removal process against Marcene and then reserve a recommendation on the TAKING of Rileys?

Wow, maybe some common sense is finally happening and we'll see a change.
9:22 am edt 

RE:  J1 Visas

"To the owner of the restaurant complaining about J1 visa living situations, please shut up. If you can't house these people yourself, then this is what is available. Complain some more and even these places will be gone.Put up or shut up as the saying goes".

OMG, who are you?  What are you?  If it were your 21 year old son or daughter living in these conditions in Europe and you found out this was how they were being treated, would you still be saying "Please shut up"?  There are so many things wrong with this whole system but your answer is to sweep it under the rug.  Sounds like you might be one of the people receiving services from these kids and fearful of losing your help. At what cost? Your humanity?  I am disgusted and pray I don't know you. 
9:20 am edt 

VSB Meeting and Chamber Video

I remember watching the Chamber video a few days ago and thinking it was a beautiful representation of our town.  I'm now watching the VSB meeting of June 12th and learning about the controversy.  I remember seeing the Provincetown II boat cruise in the video as well as bonfires with many same-sex couples.  The chair of the VSB says we need to be sensitive.  As I understand it, the chair of the VSB has decided to charge a cover to get into his "WAVE" bar on Saturday nights to deter bachelorette parties and townies can buy a pass to get in for the summer.  How sensitive is this?
9:07 am edt 

J1 and Others

'To the owner of the restaurant complaining about J1 visa living situations'

It's not just the J1s, I know a club/restaurant owner, who let his best working Jamaican couple bring their 18 year old son for summer. What a guy- they all slept in a small bedroom together for the entire summer. one of many using cheap labor. Greed is the new commonality.

Thank you to ever posted the 411 on who to contact

also the town promotional videos don't represent low wage earners if they haven't been displaced yet they should represent. Find them, they are mostly likely working two to three service jobs, for the same cheap business owners to stay in some substandard shack..

or just get David Cox to drone over the Ghetto on shank.
9:02 am edt 

Re: 350 Bradford

Neither father nor son live in town, regardless of the faux news
9:00 am edt 

Student Housing Abuse


I have a request to all the business owners in ptown Please ask your foreign students if they are living in a proper home. We found out two of employees where living w 11 other people !3 in total in a basement at $175.00 a week two bathrooms one of them didn't even have a door... I think it is up to us as business owners to call out these slum lords.. It is disgusting how these kids are being taken advantage of btw if you need to rent bikes try               and                           is making plenty of money on students... Time for us to call out the slum lords

ATTENTION: THIS HAS BEEN SENT TO THE Editor of the Banner as well as to
Michael R. James
Program Analyst
Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration
Private Sector Exchange
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
8:59 am edt 

Re: 350 Bradford

The developer with ties to Provincetown is the one responsible for bringing Dunkin Donuts to Wellfleet.
8:55 am edt 

Re: 350 Bradford Street

Yes, the Father and Son Duo Should Have Had More Care for Provincetown

they should have built something that does not damage Provincetown and, instead, at 350 Bradford only maximizes their profits. If either of you care about our town and if you once were part of this town, then how  can you be so callous as to create this huge pit and call this environmentally friendly. All rules were broke here and you don't seem to give a damn.

How sad for you; how tragic is your legacy for this once artistic town.
8:49 am edt 

Critical Comment

Clarence censoring posts again..thats ok there are other social media
8:40 am edt 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Vice Chair HDC Dr. Marcene Marcoux Vindicated
Time for the gruesome twosome to move on! 
"I move that the Board of Selectmen cease its efforts to craft and send a letter of removal to Ms Marcoux for any complaints occurring on May 8, 2017 or earlier." 

Motion by Cheryl Andrews
Second by Bob Anthony

vote was 4-1 (Erik Yingling)

Last night. June 12, 2017 Monday. 
7:39 pm edt 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Re: 350 Bradford Street

A recent post was brought to my attention, here it is

Faux News is Not what is happening to the Disaster we call 350 Bradford Streetwhat is disgusting to me is that this is being done by two people are once lived here and have businesses here. How disrespectful to the community by this father and son. You know better and should have done better for all of us. 

It seems faux news remains a problem.  The father & son referenced are not, nor have they ever been, involved with the 350 Bradford Street project andat least one of them still lives here.

6:56 pm edt 

Town Matters

So whats the new things about the town not hiring relatives now that is a joke. That is as bad as the bank not hiring relatives lol.
6:54 pm edt 

Re: J1 Visas


lAST YEAR With 450 participants for 16 sponsors working at over 100 places in Provincetown LAST summer, following up without more specific information is difficult.
If you are a concerned citizen, send what you know to the following organization. Privacy is maintained-no one will know who contacted them.

Michael R. James
Program Analyst
Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration
Private Sector Exchange
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
6:52 pm edt 

J1 Visas

To the owner of the restaurant complaining about J1 visa living situations, please shut up. If you can't house these people yourself, then this is what is available. Complain some more and even these places will be gone.Put up or shut up as the saying goes.
6:49 pm edt 

Eric Yingling's Brain

I smell the stench of Eric Yingling's brain working away in the background to seize Riley's parking lot. How many projects will he put forth that continue to screw up the town's finances?
6:47 pm edt 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

I can tell the difference between wood and Azac (or however you spell it) from half a block away.  And Sinaiko would do well to consider the hazards from the chemicals when plastic burns.  It's similar to the hazards when he takes the mic at Town Meeting. 
8:09 am edt 

Re: Seasonally Homeless


"The state sets forth rules and regulations regarding health and building codes and the town enforces them"


8:06 am edt 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bow Tie's Post

Someone questions bow tie's post referencing Hitler and rather then delete his own post deletes the post questioning his. He likes the last word, 'if i may'
9:20 am edt 

Film Festival

Anyone seen any of the printed Film Festival programs anywhere? 

They used to be, like the Provincetown Magazine, all over town, 2 weeks before the Festival, and even earlier.
9:18 am edt 

Re: Ann Wood

Can someone please post Ann Wood's Editorial? I hate to spend two bucks on fish wrap.
9:16 am edt 

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

I don't usually agree with Sinaikos point of view and his actions in town politics but I will say and have to agree, his letter to the Banner today was spot on! In tight areas where fire can be a hazard, for the safety of the buildings and the neighboring buildings and the people in them or around them, it makes a lot of sense to build or rebuild structures with fire retardant materials that do look just like the real thing. Dry wood shingles are just fuel for fires and makes the situation worse. Nobodys talking about vinyl siding but yes to modern materials.
9:15 am edt 

Re: Seasonally Homeless

If someone told you the land is owned by the commonwealth and there's nothing they can do about it, they are either stupid or lying, one or the other. The state sets forth rules and regulations regarding health and building codes and the town enforces them. The police patrol areas owned by the feds in the seashore and along what used to be a state highway until we took it over as a town yet used to issue tickets according to the states speed limits and on their property, the highway. To say the town, whether it be the health department, the beach commission, the harbor master, the police or even Seamen's themselves can't do anything about the issue is kicking the can down the street and they just don't WANT to deal with it. The less they deal with it, the bigger the problem WILL become.
9:13 am edt 

Re: Seasonally Homeless

"With the stench of feces and urine tell me there's a problem!"

A real detective and of course there is selective enforcement.
9:06 am edt 

Community Development

No one in Community Development gives a       about horrible landlords..
9:05 am edt 

Re: The "Pit" (32 Bradford street, the 'Carriage House')

That property was condemned about eight years back, Been unoccupied since that time, and has taken this long to pass permissions from the various boards  to build on that lot. The building permit is public information, and very easy to view. Maybe, rather than make unsubstantiated claims anonymously on the internet to stir up negative views, this person should do something of substance like make a credible claim. You can hate the owners (lack of) maintenance, but they have done nothing illegal.
9:02 am edt 

Re: Regarding the Post on Pleasant Street

If you want the info, go to town hall, ask for the files regarding 32 Bradford and get all the insight you want. It's all public and every step has been taken legally for this property to be upgraded. This has been in the works for many years but family issues and bad luck with fires over the past few years have always been stumbling blocks for this owner. Every year his buildings all go through inspections and pass without major issues, any issues that do come up are quickly fixed. He's taking steps to make the building upgraded and "to your liking" but right now, he's got bigger issues on his plate other than making your view nice.
Do you really think this property was torn down and construction begun without the proper permits especially concerning the location on Bradford? He's not deep in the woods somewhere.

Get a grip.
9:00 am edt 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Regarding the Post on Pleasant Street

If you are speaking in regards to the post about 32 Bradford St. you are incorrect, all properties on both sides of Bradford ARE in Historic and therefore subject to the overbite of that body.
And I well understand that there are some folks for whom keeping up with their property is a hardship, I assure you that this is not that case.  This property is loaded full of foreign workers every summer by the owners who are some kind of business owner in town.  They clearly do not care about the neighborhood or their employees as you can clearly see by this building.
The large three bay garage with full second floor that is on that property ( which for the last five years has had a big sign on the door proclaiming it "THE PIT") is now gone and my point is that I don't believe that this is going through zoning and historic and my fear is that since they have a track record of being horrible landlords and neighbors that this  will continue unchecked!!
10:18 pm edt 

Re: Seasonally Homeless

It's interesting point. As I look today behind The Canteen the brand new tent and grill set up with trash, beer and liquor bottles all around. With the stench of feces and urine tell me there's a problem !!  Either way it's illegal and selective enforcement to allow this to go on!
10:16 pm edt 

Re: Seasonally Homeless

Those behind the post office and bank aren't seasonally homeless they are homeless, others driving around in new Subarus with a ton of REI gear are seasonally homeless but that's likely a good thing since they destroyed property rented for the winter and are trying to file a claim against               for an injury they caused to themselves
10:34 am edt 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Re: 350 Bradford Street

A comment was recently made about former business residents that lived here not caring about the monstrosity they're building at 350 Bradford St.! developers are all lacking in caring & conscience! They only have $ signs in their peepers!
9:46 pm edt 

Pleasant St.

Pleasant St. Is believed to be outside the Historic District so Strict Historic rules don't apply in that area questioned! Someone wrote that a place was allowed to fall into terrible disrepair! most people don't want that to happen but may not have finances to fix them,so do those who resent "slum looking" places have funds or know who does,that can repair the bothersome places for free? people need to mind their business & not others unless you have a solution!
9:45 pm edt 

Seasonally Homeless

I am a long time resident of Provincetown, a parent and and a business owner here in town. We have a serious housing problem for summer workers and residents, but somehow it's ok to live, drink alcohol in open containers and defecate on our beautiful bay side beaches.  If you are "seasonally homeless"  it seams it's ok !!! The seasonally homeless set up tents complete camps out behind Seamans Bank and the Post Office. If it's ok for them. Maybe we all should, as many of us can't find housing either.  I'm told the land belongs to The Commonwealth and not Provincetown. Perhaps this is why no one enforces our laws ?  Selective enforcement comes to mind!!
Please Mr Panagore, Police, and Selectman do something about this before things get worse!!!
9:44 pm edt 

Re: The BOS Train is Off the Track

"Selectmen, wake up, you make a mistake, let contract expire and move on!"

I am sure the author meant 'mistakes'. Pee wee and Donegan will go down in history as the most inept, egotistical, bratty BOS chair and vice chair- ever. They should just copulate their bromance instead of f.... the rest of us.
12:28 pm edt 

Re: Ann Wood

Ann Wood was the same news reporter that created fake news articles about the former Chief all while in cahoots with Yingling. Please all the facts came out in his hearing when it was determined all her witnesses were never there !!Award winning reporter my ass.
8:44 am edt 

Re: Up to His Usual Hi-jinks

Funny how many, ( new comers) were so interested in what beacon admin had to say. Why is a racist, misogynistic homophobe the admin of anything to do with Provincetown? silly question, there many sexist, misogynistic business owners and employees etc, working in and in some case for Provincetown, whats done about that? jack...
8:42 am edt 

Something Rotten in Denmark

Something shady going on in Provincetown?  Really, you think so!

What about losing the Town Clerk, the most honest, most helpful town employee ever............

Who or what drove him to retire early......

Duh, Selectmen, wake up, you make a mistake, let contract expire and move on!
8:41 am edt 

Re: Ann Wood

I do read Ms. Wood's articles. She's in her position to create controversy at a hack newspaper. Using her bias that we all know her for, she does just that. What qualifications does she have? She moved to NH, couldn't make it there and has returned here. Our loss
8:39 am edt 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Up to His Usual Hi-jinks

Once again the admin of the New Provincetown Beacon has been banned for a week from Facebook.  This time for asking if the new owner of the Bryant property at 471 Commercial street was a f*g.  Why is a racist, misogynistic homophobe the admin of anything to do with Provincetown?  Disgusting.

Although I do agree that the new owners might have exercised some restraint in their public comments about the Bryants.  A little respect would go a long way.
3:35 pm edt 

350 Bradford Street

Faux News is Not what is happening to the Disaster we call 350 Bradford Street

do not let Trumpism run you nuts. there is truth and there is real news and the disaster at 350 Bradford is there for all to see. a total destruction of the environment--yes in spite of or perhaps because of the Conservation Commission. And the total destruction of natural grade in order to maximize height and maximize profit.

what is disgusting to me is that this is being done by two people are once lived here and have businesses here. How disrespectful to the community by this father and son. You know better and should have done better for all of us.

and the inner workings at town hall who allowed, if not encouraged this destruction. should also be sanctioned.

How sad and tragic.
3:33 pm edt 

The BOS Train is Off the Track

BOS has totally gone off the tracks, Cheryl Andrews now leading the train. A VFW for the police station/housing and nothing. Sell community center, not so much. Harbor Hill for 12 millions dollars to house everyone for ever, nothing again. Now Erik Yingling wants to seize Riley's, which already provides parking for tourists, to build yet another police station, we will have 3 police stations in this town when this train finally crashes.
3:32 pm edt 

Re: Ann Wood

To the blogger that is bad mouthing the editor of the Banner,Ann Wood: You obviously don'read very much or you would realize that all the Ann Wood articles and editorials are very well written and factual. Provincetown is fortunate to have an award winning journalist/writer such as Ann Wood as Editor
9:37 am edt 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

32 Bradford Street

Is  there a stop work order at 32 Bradford?

A full demolition of a large historic structure at 32 Pleasant St. and nobodys complaining!!  I know that the place is a dump, owned by a slum lord,, but they should have to play by all of the rules they make the rest of us adhere to.
This is one of several properties in this neighborhood that have been allowed to fall into horrible repair ( and are still stuffed full of workers).
Does anyone drive around this town and follow this stuff?
Will anyone hold them accountable?
Where is Historic, where is zoning?
This is starting to smell like there is something shady going on here!
12:24 pm edt 

350 Bradford Street

Have You Really seen 350 Bradford?

It is nothing but a huge hole. the dunes are gone. the trees are gone. the earth is gone. The natural grade is gone. the former site is gone.

What you see is contrived grade, contrived plans, and questionable buildings.

I do believe there is reason to have 350 Bradford in the news again. Just open your eyes: look, observe, analyze and grasp the problem that is before you.
12:22 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

Erik Yingling is up to no good with his                          when it comes to Riley's parking lot. Please show up for this special town meeting and don't let this happen. Yingling was the only BOS member to oppose the police station and just like Harbor Hill this smells bad. Will our wishes once again be ignored, show up and vote against this Trump move to seize someone''s property.
12:21 pm edt 


Regarding the latest news letter from the PBG to its members one can only wonder if our membership dollars are truly being used wisely by this board. As a previous board member why are we spending money again on a new logo and website when we haven't even had the other one for 5 yrs. to value its economic impact. If the previous boards approved the change of the logo and the change of the website why are we wasting thousands of dollars on it again, tweaking it would be more cost effective.

My second question is where is all of this money coming from to pay these bills. They have hired a new ED who makes $60,000, more than any other ED in the history of the PBG, a new website, the last one cost over $10,000. Not to mention the new logo. The tiles ads are gone which was a revenue source of $12,000+. Did anyone get a refund from your tiles being down before renewal time and the sponsors for Carnival seems to be lower than ever. So again where is all this money coming from? Are they refinancing the condo we own after it was paid off to cover these cost? They already drained the $27,000 that was in the savings account.

The letter also refers to us being able to download the Pbg guide now unlike before, that's incorrect we could do that before so where is the bigger bang for our advertising dollars coming into play? I don't see one, plus the cost of printing the PBG guide use to be around $22,000, how can we afford two issues a year unless there are major changes.

Lastly with regards to the Atwood brothers, one of them hasn't worked for the Pbg since March of 2016 and the other stop working after Carnival and was a consultant for the organization up until the new year to help the new ED learn to swim. Yes they were bringing in LeAnn Rimes this summer during Carnival as a fundraiser for the Outercape Health Clinic but that had nothing to do with the PBG nor did they present it that way so why the PBG thinks they need to distances themselves from them is beyond me. Maybe its because they couldn't find someone better for as their headliner?

Seriously PBG members if want to stay a successful organization we need new blood to step up to the plate and run this organization, I've done my part. We need people that arent looking to create drama where there isn't any and start bringing the economic dollars into town like the charter states.
12:12 pm edt 

Big Heatfelt Thank You to Mike Travato
Was in area when fire broke out. What the fire dept did was amazing given the circumstances. So many people in their way-etc. They stopped what could have been an absolute travesty. Thank You!
12:08 pm edt 

Re: 350 Bradford Street

No Really

Not really, it's just our faux newspaper and faux editor.
Who buys the Banner when we have the community page, whoever let that developer create this gross display of opulence should go...far far away from town.
12:06 pm edt 

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